Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's much-anticipated exhibition previews in Singapore
Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's most influential artists. Known for her iconic dots, nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms, her art has captivated millions all over the world.
A new exhibition opens this weekend in Singapore featuring over 120 works spanning 70 years of Kusama's work. The exhibition 'Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' runs until 3 September in the National Gallery. This is the first major museum exhibition of the 87-year-old Japanese artist in Southeast Asia and will feature paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to today.
The exhibition is broken into three sections. The first section looks at her trademark dot patterns and pumpkins from the 1950s onwards, while the second looks at her performances. Visitors can also expect to see new artworks as well as some of the lesser-seen pieces by Kusama. Her infinity mirror rooms are a feature of the exhibition. Amongst the not-to-be-missed exhibits is the Gleaming Lights Of The Souls from 1965. Visitors will also discover Kusama's Narcissus Garden, a display of stainless steel balls in the historical City Hall Chamber of the National Gallery.
"Her personal experiences - from growing up in Japan during World War II, to her success as an Asian female artist in New York and Europe in the 1960s and involvement in social movements of the late 1960s and 1970s - and the resulting art has amazed and inspired millions around the world," the National Gallery said on their Facebook page. This exhibition, which will be travelling to Brisbane in November, comes after two successful exhibitions in Washington DC and Tokyo, both of which saw hundreds of thousands of visitors.
In anticipation of large crowds, the National Gallery in Singapore has introduced a timed ticketing system. More details can be found on their website.